Monday, August 13, 2012

Every Picture Tells a Story, Don't It?

So this morning was our pre-drywall meeting at Lot 15. It could not have gone smoother. No glaring mistakes that the pm didn't already know about or fix and we got a very thorough tour of our Ravenna's "innards". Guardian has been there, insulation is in, plumbing & HVAC have been there, brick was delivered while we were there - pm expects the brick to start going up tomorrow or Wed (there's supposed to be rain this afternoon), siding will be about 2 weeks as there was a hold up with the supplier. Couple more inspections to be had by the county, then drywall to go up later this week. Its all happening!! Huge bummer though, our current pm has taken a job opportunity with RH that moves him to Nashville, TN so he informed us today that we'll have a new pm from this point on. Good news, the new pm actually had a hand in training the outgoing pm, so he's leaving us in very capable hands. Both pm's were there today, so we got a very informative meeting with old pm and new pm answering questions. It was great! We're scheduled for our pre-settlement walk-through on  Fri Sept 21, with settlement taking place the following Mon or Tue.

And now, an onslaught of pictures that I will do my best to caption. No kidding, all those studs and wires and pvc pipes and switches and outlets start to look the same in pictures. Hard to tell where I'm looking!!!

There's me in the master bedroom.

Closer up view of plumbing between the master bedroom wall and bathroom.

Same view, but now I'm writing my one of my many home blessing/verses on the studs before the drywall goes up. Thanks to my sister-in-law for the great idea! And our PM for the permission to do it:)

Inside the master shower.

Looking into the 13 year old's bedroom from the master.

Laundry room....and me:)

Whole house fan in kids/upstairs bath.

Tub surround in kids bath.

Looking into 5year old's bedroom from 3 year old's bedroom. Lots of HVAC stuff and a closet separating them.

Looking toward back of house from 13 year old's bedroom.

HVAC tentacles in attic space above bedrooms.

Lines, wires, tubes, studs...i don't even know where I am anymore.

There I am! Putting some good vibes on the wood under the drywall in the living room. Bad juju, be gone!!

Unfinished storage area in basement. Boxes of exterior trim underneath the window. Or what will surely be a window soon.  If you look closely it says "install window"on the wall.  No kidding? So THAT is what the gaping hole in the wall is for!

Electric panel and a rainbow of colorful wires!

And we're back upstairs in the master. These posted wildly out of order for some reason.

Windows in master.

Attic space above master.

Garden tub. I see bubbles in your future, my friend!

This just struck me as funny - the post on the left is marked "cut access to attic". The one right next to it is marked "cut larger access".

And now we're back all the way down in the basement.

Insulation under the morning room in finished basement.

Finished area of basement. Enjoy the calm now, basement area. Come September and for the next decade or so, you are going to be filled with kids and toys.

Check out those recessed lights - 10 total in the finished basement area! Nice!

Full bath in the basement.

Water heater, furnace, sump pump area...more unfinished basement area.

The unfinished silver pipes are to allow fresh air into the basement. I've been assured there is some kind of cover/vent type thing so that the fresh air is not accompanied by critters.

Sump pump, unfinished area.

One of many home blessings I wrote on the wood. This one is in the family room. It reads-
Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant,
so that it may continue forever before you.
For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall
the house of your servant be blessed forever. Samuel 7:29 

May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door. - Irish blessing. I put this one right next to the front door:)

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship. - Buddha. This one went in the dining room.

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4. This is probably my favorite one.  And I botched the word "precious". Of course.

Looking through pantry into the dining room.

Foyer on the left side, wall separating family and living room in the center.

Ceiling fan rough-in - morning room.

Stairs as seen from kitchen. Awaiting rails and spindles. And carpet. And walls.

Family room taken from kitchen. Guardian work so we can mount the tv on the wall. Missing an outlet at 66 inches, but we didn't even have to mention it before the PM said the electrician would be back later today or tomorrow to correct.

Lots of rafters & attic space above garage.

Bricks!!! Falls canyon color. Cannot wait to see how these turn out. I might be more excited about the brick than almost anything else.

North side of the house - currently silver, but soon to be covered with monteray taupe siding. This is also where our "front" hose faucet is.

Sliding glass door off morning room - will be accompanied by a deck soon. 

If you've read this far, thank you for bearing with me through all these incredibly exciting pictures of wood, wires, and PVC. I feel like our meeting today went smooth as silk and I'm hoping I haven't overlooked any mistakes or poor workmanship. I know squat about home building, but I'm learning. So far, so good:)


  1. Awesome progress! Congrats.

  2. I love how you wrote on the boards! Cool idea :)

    1. Thanks! I only took pictures of a few - I actually had different verses/blessings for each room. Even the basement:) I thought it was a really cool idea too. I'm glad they agreed to let me do it!

  3. I feel like I was just at my pre-drywall meeting yesterday and we have now lived in our house for a week. Everything will fly by from here on out. Get ready! Also, I love your shoes and what a great idea to write quotes on the framing!

    1. I love those shoes more than I can express in words. So thank you:) They're Privos and I've had them about 5 years. They are as cushiony and comfortable now as the day I bought them. A little spendy for what they are, but worth every penny for how well made!!!


    We are Ravenna-ers too! I was startled that I couldn't see pictures of completed Ravennas on the Internets anywhere, at least via Ryan Homes' web site. However, I have found tons of homes like ours on the blogosphere. We close next week and can't wait to flee this apartment community. As far as apartments go it's ok but I am ready to have a yard for the kiddo again. Nice to see your home shaping up so nicely.